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What is the California Three Strikes Law?

Criminal Defense Attorney in Modesto

It's one, two, three strikes you're out! In California, any person who has been convicted of three or more serious crimes is subject to the "three strikes law" which carries heavy fines, penalties and jail or prison time. If you have been arrested and convicted of one or more crimes, it is imperative that you contact an attorney as soon as possible. Now is not the time to trust your future to an ill-experienced lawyer who will treat your case in a cookie-cutter form. You need to work with our team.

At Scott Mitchell Law Incorporated, our highly experienced and respected criminal defense lawyers stand ready to provide our clients with the expertise they need and to ensure that their rights and freedoms are aggressively protected. After an arrest, you deserve outstanding legal representation and Scott Mitchell Law Incorporated can provide it.

Who is at risk for being penalized?

Although in major areas such as Los Angeles and San Francisco have seen a fall in violent crimes in recent years, especially homicides and rapes, crimes that are considered to be effective toward the three strike law are still on the raise. In fact, any crime that is considered a serious crime can leave a person with a strike toward their permanent record.

California is also the only state in the United States that holds misdemeanors as serious crimes, which means that even a three misdemeanor charges can leave you facing extremely harsh penalties. If you are convicted of two shoplifting crimes and are arrested for a third, if you are convicted, you will have used all three strikes and may be subjected to spend anywhere from six months to life in prison. It is absolutely imperative that after an arrest, you contact Scott Mitchell Law Incorporated as soon as possible.

Criticisms of the Law

It is obvious to see that many people are against the three strike law for misdemeanor crimes. Because of this law, people that have been convicted of everything from shoplifting to marijuana charges are being held in lengthy prison sentences alongside violent criminals serving time for gang violence and homicide. The California Court System has recognized that the increase in inmates is a concern and lawmakers have tried passing bills to reduce the number of individuals in the California prison systems, but to little avail. There are also financial woes that the state is beginning to feel from the implication of the law; the cost is approximately $500 million a year. Because of the criticism that the law has gathered, if you have been arrested and charged with two or more crimes, you may be able to receive a favorable outcome if you work with an attorney.

How a Modesto Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help

At Scott Mitchell Law Incorporated, we have the tenacious capacity to aggressively defend your rights and fight to help keep you from serving absurdly long and demeaning prison sentences for lesser crimes. Even if you have been charged with two or more violent crimes, our team may be able to assist you. With the representation that Scott Mitchell Law Incorporated can provide, you may be able to get your charges greatly reduced, acquitted or dismissed.

In some cases, you may be able to serve lesser sentencing or use community service hours in lieu of incarceration. If you have been arrested and have questions or concerns about the situation that you may find yourself in, do not hesitate to contact Scott Mitchell Law Incorporated as soon as possible and schedule your free case evaluation with a Modesto criminal defense lawyer today.

Fees and Payments

Here at Scott Mitchell Law Incorporated, when it comes to fees and payments, we strive to be flexible with clients who are seeking legal representation. We offer payment arrangements, flat fee contracts, and traditional retainer agreements. We understand legal representation is necessary for all, and yet difficult for most to pay the fees all at once. Although we cannot guarantee that everyone will be able to hire us, we do promise to do what we can to make it possible for you to hire one of our attorneys to represent you.